Winter Storm

Maryland
United States
Winter Storm by Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Winter Storm may be Hugh's favorite beer in the Heavy Seas catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm's aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
Served at: 
50º
Hops: 
Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: 
2-row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
Judges Review 
Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Judged by the alcohol content as a British Strong Ale (Style 17A), it settled in as a tawny brown ale with an off-beige head, with some lacing and legs.  Aromas noted included intense toffee, dark fruit, and roasted apples.  In the background, there also was a subtle earthy hop aroma, but also was a fairly evident alcohol presence in the nose as it warmed. 

English-derived dark caramel malt exploded on the tongue, supported by a woody, earth bitterness.  It certainly was on the sweet side of balanced, with hints of pears, and somewhat minty.  It seemed a rich, winter warmer, something to savor over a good book and a fire.  I appreciated the complexity of sweetness, but to me could have benefited from a little more hop character and bitterness. 

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